Zac attacks world titles
EXPECT to hear a lot more about Lennox Head surfer Zac Wightman in 2014 and beyond.
The 15-year-old has returned home after representing Australia in the ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador.
The event at Salinas Beach attracted more than 300 of the world's best under-16 and under-18 surfers from 32 countries.
Wightman exceeded his own expectations, finishing eighth in the under-16 boys event while Australia finished third overall.
He returned home yesterday after an extra four days travelling Peru with his mother Linda.
"It was definitely a lot of pressure because I didn't want to let the team down," Wightman said.
"I just wanted to make the top 10 and I'm stoked that I did that.
"The waves are a lot different over there and it was harder than what I thought it would be.
"It was really hot and my legs were burning trying to get through some of the waves."
Wightman is a member of the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders and won the final in his age division at the Australia Junior Surfing Titles in Kiama late last year.
He also won the under-16 boys final at the NSW School Surfing Titles in Maroubra in the lead-up to the Australian titles.
Wightman is already keen to make the national team again next year.
He was one of 12 surfers on the team that made the trip to South America and will be eligible to surf in under-16s again.
"It was the best opportunity and I'd definitely do it all over again," Wightman said. "The sightseeing was a lot of fun because I didn't really know what to expect.
"I'll have a bit of a break for a month now before the competitions start rolling in again."